It is that time of the year again to gather families, party with friends, and engage in seemingly non-stop merriment all over again. However, this year will not be like other years, will it? Thanks to COVID-19 and its prevailing menace, you will have to find ways to have fun without the usual pomp. Since the virus protocols are still in place and people continue to isolate and quarantine themselves, why not use this time to practice self-care?
The holiday season is regularly associated with being excessively indulgent. From shopping to food and drinks, these habits spike quite sharply and sometimes lead to permanent unhealthy practices. This time around, you should focus on treating yourself right and start taking good nutrition seriously.
Good nutrition to an extent has an impact on your mood and overall well-being; it is, therefore, vital for you to make healthy choices when it comes to food. Try out new diets or recipes that will provide proper nutrients to make your body function at its optimal best. You can start by eating in moderation and cutting out fatty foods. You can also try out non-alcoholic beer for a change or drink home-made juice. Start now, and by the time the holiday season is over, you will have developed at least one good habit.
Being stuck at home during the holiday season can be quite draining emotionally, and a part of you will feel like you are missing out. But it’s not just you; everyone else is stuck at home too or limiting their social activities to immediate family. Consider exercising with the extra time on your hands. Find a routine that fits what you want to gain from exercising and begin.
Exercise is a great way to reduce stress, improve your mood, and helps you deal with depression. Also, research has shown that exercising daily is a great way to avoid antidepressants and anti-anxiety medication. Exercise also triggers the production of serotonin and dopamine, hormones in your brain that primarily regulate your mood.
The holiday season is associated with spikes in stress levels and increased accidents. Making preparations, planning, and putting things in order can put pressure on you as a host or when you are traveling. With reduced social interaction during this COVID period, you must make some “me-time”; spend some time with yourself, find a hobby, read a book, join an online workout class, rejuvenate yourself, allow your body to rest, and you will be better for it. Spend time focusing on how to better yourself and make meaningful use of your social interactions when the holiday season is over.
Make a to-do list
Having a to-do list takes away the boredom of being home and provides something to look forward to every day. Anything can be put on your to-do list, especially things you have procrastinated on for some time. Put together a to-do list and fill in something you want to achieve by the end of the holiday season or just fun things you would love to try.